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Ep. 92- Live from the Halfway Line, with Amie Barnett of the Southampton Women’s Football Club

October 16, 2018

The thought of not having club football for one weekend seems to send most fans into a bit of fit. I’ll be honest, when that weekend comes, it does feel like something is missing. It drags on a bit, especially when you are playing well. But, that feeling of missing something, of not being able to have something you enjoy and look forward to is so much greater for an athlete who is forced to miss multiple months through injury.

 

That helps frame just some of the conversation I had this week with Amie Barnett. Amie has been a member of Southampton Women’s for 10 years. Over that time she’s seen the club struggle and thrive. She’s worked with a number of dedicated managers and teammates, all of whom she admires and spoke highly of. The club has seen success in recent years, and we discussed that, her early career, the role football played in her life while growing up, and her plans for the future. We also discuss our collective fear of crossing the halfway line. It’s really, really scary, and we discuss why neither of us do it.

 

There is also, this week more so than normal, some personal anecdotes from me. I usually try to cut them out, but I left more of them in here this week. Not because I think I’m important or that you desperately want to hear about them, but because they reflect the type of conversation Amie and I had. It really did feel like we were just talking, not like I was interviewing someone. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but I’m happy with the result and I hope you are too.

 

Amie is on Twitter and Instagram @amie_barnett and @amiebarnett and the links to the club’s contact info is below.

 

Thank you. Amie, for taking the time to chat. Between your family, wedding planning, training, rehab on the knee, work and everything else, you could have easily said no to this. I, and I’m sure the listeners, appreciate it very much.

 

Full disclosure, I sponsor a coach of the team and as a result have a small advertisement with the club. If you are interested in sponsoring a player, coach, or advertising, you can visit the contact page on the website, or email the club secretary (email below). My Amie is sponsored Doswell Projects and you can find out more about them at https://doswellprojects.co.uk/.

 

A special thank you to the Southampton Women’s Football Club, Amanda Burroughs, Simon Parker, Lee Calendar, and Amie for making this happen. It’s a pleasure and an honor to have to opportunity to work with such a fantastic organization and such amazing people.

 

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Matt